Obscure meaning

ŏb-skyo͝or, əb-
Obscure is defined as to make confusing or hard to see.

An example of obscure is for a student to use important-sounding words in his science paper to hide the fact that he didn't understand the subject matter.

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The definition of obscure is hard to see in the low light or hard to understand.

An example of obscure is the scene on a concert stage when the lighting is dim.

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Deficient in light; dark.

The obscure depths of a cave.

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Of undistinguished or humble station or reputation.

An obscure poet; an obscure family.

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To make dim, indistinct, or impossible to see.
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To make difficult to discern mentally or understand.

The meaning of the text was obscured by its difficult language.

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Not clearly understood or expressed; ambiguous or vague.

Some say that Blake's style is obscure and complex.

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Not readily noticed or seen; inconspicuous.

An obscure flaw.

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(linguistics) To reduce (a vowel) to the neutral sound represented by schwa (ə).
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Something obscure or unknown.
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Lacking light; dim; dark; murky.

The obscure night.

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Not easily perceived.
  • Not clear or distinct; faint or undefined.
    An obscure figure or sound.
  • Not easily understood; vague; cryptic; ambiguous.
    An obscure explanation.
  • In an inconspicuous position; hidden.
    An obscure village.
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(phonet.) Pronounced as (ə) or (i) because it is not stressed; reduced; neutral.
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To make obscure.
  • To darken; make dim.
  • To conceal from view; hide.
  • To make less conspicuous; overshadow.
    A success that obscured earlier failures.
  • To make less intelligible; confuse.
    Testimony that obscures the issue.
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(phonet.) To make (a vowel) obscure.
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Difficult to understand.

An obscure passage or inscription; The speaker made obscure references to little-known literary works.

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To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.
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To hide, put out of sight etc.
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To diminish the stature of; overshadow or detract from.
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Not well-known; not famous.

An obscure scientist.

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Origin of obscure

  • Middle English from Old French obscur from Latin obscūrus (s)keu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French obscur, from Latin obscÅ«rus (“dark, dusky, indistinct"), possibly, from ob (“over") + -scurus (“covered"), from root scu (“cover"), seen also in scutum (“a shield"); see scutum, sky.

    From Wiktionary